Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cinnamon and Heart Garland tutorial


Welcome to Christmas: Modern Country Style!


I've been wanting and wanting and wanting to share this with you and now I feel it's respectfully close enough to Christmas that I can!! This is one of my favourite ever Christmas crafts:

Cinnamon and Heart Garland.

I've prepared a step-by-step tutorial so you can have a go too.

So...apart from a sewing kit. this is what you need:


jute twine, cinnamon sticks, fabric, ribbon, wooden spools, stuffing.


The fabric I chose was a fat quarter of tea-dyed red checks and ticking, and I had some Jane Means ribbon that matched rather nicely, don't you think?


Step 1: Draw and cut out a heart template on a piece of card. Take the material for your first heart and fold it in half, right sides facing. Pin it to your material and cut out, leaving a 1cm seam allowance all around.


Step 2: Sew around the heart apart from an inch or so to leave a space for stuffing.

{Shown as the beautifully and artistically drawn purple bits in the picture.}

 

Step 3: Turn the heart the right way around and stuff. Hand sew the rest of the opening closed.

{Yes, this is open heart surgery....boom boom}


Step 4: Repeat this six more times (leaving you with seven hearts).

{I'm not ashamed to admit that I roped in some of my children to help with the production line at this point....}



Step 5: Take a wooden spool and glue one end of the ribbon onto it. Cut the ribbon to the right length, leaving room for a slight overlap. Fold over the other end of the ribbon for a neat finish and glue in place. Repeat eleven times to leave you with twelve reels.


It doesn't take long, honest!


{The first time I did this, I foolishly left them where my twins could get them....yup, every last one had the ribbon removed....}


Step 6: Cut the cinnamon sticks into six 3-inch pieces.


Step 7: Using a sharp point, make a hole in the middle of each piece of cinnamon.

{Um, yes, that is a knitting needle...if you have something sharper, please may I have it to save me gouging my hands next time?}


Step 8: Using a needle with a BIG eye, thread the jute twine and start the assembly.


Heart, reel, stick, reel, heart, reel, stick, reel, heart....


 

Just to warn you, you have to pull harder than you think to get the twine through the heart....



  
 
 I can't wait to share where I've put them....my first Christmas decoration!! Here's a sneak peek, just for you....





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81 comments :

Catherine said...

Thanks lovely for sharing this - I can't wait to see where you have put it!!

I adore the fabric you have used too, particularly that ticking (sigh). I struggle to find gorgeous fabric...

hugs

Cath
x

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

That is one cute garland. I love that smells as good as it looks.

Samantha said...

Very cute, Sarah! I bet it smells good too!

Brandi said...

Open heart surgery! Haha you crack me up!! very cute idea. love the wooden spools!

KATHY said...

Hi sarah, That is the cutest garland ever!!I just love hearts.It looks fabulous.

Kathy

swedishouse said...

Hello Sarah

I LOVE your heart garland!
Thanks for sharing
LOVE PEACE enJOY
Julie
x

hip-chick said...

ooh that's pretty...and you could leave it up for Valentines as well.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Love it Sarah!! Love the addition of the cinnamon sticks, it really adds that little kick. Gotta show this to my sister, she'd love it too! I've decided to sign everything to you with...

ERin oo
(you give kisses, I'll give hugs)

Jenny said...

This is so cute and creative! Looks great :)

Jenny said...

This is so cute and creative! Looks great :)

Christine said...

What a gorgeous garland! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I think I might give it a go for our mantle. Have a great day!

Christine x

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Sarah... Sarah... so nice you have to say it twice :) Don't you just love red gingham and plaid at Christmas?! One of my favorites! I like that you recruited the kids to help. I love to include mine, as well. There may be some child labor laws against it here in the states...lol! Good memories for them though! Just love this project. I want to make a Country Christmas tree this year, so this is such an inspiration. Love it... sew cute! We will be home this Sat. eve. Having a great time with family...

Take care! xx ~Michelle

Holly said...

That so cute, and perfectly modern country-ish! Are those bona fide wooden spools, or did you buy them at a craft store?

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Adorable! Is that a tape measure or a stick? It has my name on it and it's spelled the same! I never see that.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Londen

Normal Daily Chaos said...

it looks great thanks for shearing it to us, i'am wondering what kind of beautiful things you will make for cristmas from now.

greetings

Normal Daily Chaos said...

all right sharing:-)

Mindy said...

I really love this! What a pretty project!!

michelle said...

Oh my goodness girl that is so great!! You are so creative and talented, I just love seeing all your creations and I can't wait to see where you hang it!!

Doda said...

Why did you wait? This garland would look gorgeous all year round. I love what you did with the cotton reels.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I absolutely LOVE this!! It has that wonderful homespun look to it that just says "Christmas" to me!!

Edith Hope said...

Dear Sarah, What a most attractive garland and how imaginative [ and of course beautifully fragranced] to add the Cinnamon sticks. I was left behind at the first line......mention of the sewing kit!! But, I do admire your craftsmanship and am certain that you will have many clever readers who can follow your most informative instructions.

Luciane From HomeBunch.com said...

Sarah,

This is so, but so beautiful! I will have to try to do it with my daughter... how special would that be?

Btw, thank you very much for your comment on my blog! :-)

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Cindy said...

Beautiful! I love it! But my hearts never turn out looking that cute, for some reason.
Hugs, Cindy

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

This is so inspiring! I love all the fabrics you chose together. And the cinnamon sticks are so cute.

Leigha said...

What a fun (and cute!) project.

Leigha

Chris said...

Oh, the red. I go weak in the knees for red.

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

How adorable! I love this idea..Great work doll!

Misty said...

Cute garland! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

Hi Sarah!! Very darling!!Hope you have a wonderful week my friend.Hugs,Rachel

Carla Marie said...

I love the fabric and the wooden spools! Too cute!

LindyLouMac said...

My sister sews but not me, maybe I should send her the link to these as they look lovely.

Richard Brand said...

That looks fabulous Sarah - can't wait to see it all!

Jill said...

Very pretty and I expect it smells delicious.
Jillx

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

I loved the bit about open heart surgery Sarah. This turned out so very, very cute. I'll bet it smells wonderful too. Did you hang it by the fireplace? :)

Christine said...

this is adorable!

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Tina said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sarah, I love it ~ Tina xx

eof777 said...

Pretty garland!Stopped by from the TTWL Blog Hop and following you via Google Friends.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Elizabeth

Pamela said...

I like this with the spools. It must smell cozy.

Jason and Danielle said...

I love them and seriously I would probably leave them up all year round. They are that cute!

Doda said...

Hi Sarah,
thanks for asking about my gekko. He is painted with acrylics and I also use a fine black pitt artist pen for outlining. I think it was a 0.5 pen.
The school in Belize- I imagine is way different froma private school in this country. Small class sizes - about 10 to a class in little wooden huts with wooden louvres to catch the breeze, and a ceiling fan overhead. Limited resources, but very happy pupils, all eager to learn. A very special place. Not sure I would go back now, but maybe when my little one is older. Who knows. Life is an adventure isn't it?

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Claire said...

Nice, clean, perfectly shaped fingernais - that's what we like to see! xxx

CraftyHelen said...

Hi Sarah - no, I didn't use a curved needle, I just squished the pudding around as I put the needle in and out. I also sewed towards the side rather than straight down. Hope this helps, Hxx

Deborah said...

Sarah these are GORGEOUS!
Im a heart-lover and Ive fallen head-over-heels.
Thank for the tutorial..you are amazing!
Ill check back for your reveal..
Have a great day hun!

Deborah xoxo

Christine said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your lovely comments made my day :)

Hugs,
Christine x

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Now this is too cute.....I love reading your blogs. Not only do you give me ideas,you make me laugh, chuckle & smile! I love it!

Beach Bungalow said...

Hey Sarah!

Check out Beach Bungalow; I have a little surprise for you!

S
xo

ale balanzario said...

Hi, I just love your blog, this is my first time here,
Ale.

alexa said...

Hi Sarah, I love this hearts and cinnamon garland, and your tutorial, I just posted about it in my new blog, (hope its ok), I linked to you.
Thanks for sharing.
Alexa.

Country Livin' said...

I love it........and I bet it smells wonderful too!
Trish xo

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

This is totally gorgeous! I love it! I have to say, I think it would look great all year round :)

MariCrea said...

I like it
Mari

Jill said...

This is so adorable!!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Hey Sarah! Im taking a break from Christmas tree NIGHTMARE to breathe! That is the cutest thing EVA! See...you make it look so easy...Im not sure i could accomplish that (So...you can just ship that one right on over to me :) ) However, stick me in a room with a bunch of flowers and a glue gun and im GOLDEN! Have a BLESSED thanksgiving!!!!

xoxokara

Pink Satin Sashes said...

Goodness you are a busy woman! Thanks for the post!

Lara said...

Wow your blog is fantastic and your work is gorgeus, thank you for the compliment....Good evening Kisses!!!

Chatelaine said...

So cute! Bet it smells heavenly too!

My White Home said...

I love this!!!! :)

Fabulously french said...

It is gorgeous and you make it sound easy.

Leeann x

Jenni said...

Oh, that is SO pretty! I love everything about this garland! You did a wonderful job on it. :)

Blessings,
Jenni
{Beautiful Nest}

The Moerks said...

Thanks for sharing the garland is gorgeous and I bet it smells divine.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

LOVE the homespun fabrics, Sarah. I've always loved the muted look of the tea dyed fabrics. The spools and cinnamon sticks are such a cute touch. Great idea!

poindextr said...

extra sweet garland & very imaginative with the wooden thread spools. I haven't seen wooden spools in a while. Great job!!

poindextr said...

extra sweet garland & very imaginative with the wooden thread spools. I haven't seen wooden spools in a while. Great job!!

Kristen Mintz said...

that must smell delightful!! so pretty too!

Meg said...

Mmmmm, I love cinnamon! This is so great! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh this is just so charming Sarah!! Love the fabric you chose for those darling hearts and the spools and cinnamon are perfect!! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! Can't wait to see more of your decorating!! :)

Jen said...

Adorable, I love it and the best thing is that I have everything needed to do it. My 6 yr old daughter and I won't be bored this afternoon!

I am your newest follower and so glad I found ya. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Eileen said...

This is just a fantastic use of fabric and old spools. I love it. And the cinnamon is a brilliant idea. Thaks for the tute.

STYLIZIMO said...

What a lovely idea! I adore it <3 You are really creative!

Did you get my mail about the camera?
Hugs, Nina

Stacey said...

This is darling. I adore the smell of cinnamon and I think the lineny fabrics give this such a natural feel.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

This is lovely. Like the red and cinnamon. Thanks for visiting me.

Sylvia said...

Sarah...I am so loving all that red and white material..the hearts are super cute!

Sylvia

DANA said...

Great post! I would love it if you would link this up to my Strut Your Stuff Party! http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/link-up-giveaway-and-winner.html

anne maskell said...

I love this garland! I'd probably want to keep it up all year!
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Sassy Sites! said...

So cute! I would love for you to link this up to our Sassy Christmas party- Christmas with FABRIC! :)

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Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Sarah your garland is adorable! Thanks so much for linking to the party - I greatly appreciate it! I featured these today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a lovely week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Ellie said...

How adorable is that?! Thanks for sharing!

Shaunna said...

How clever!! It's adorable and I'm in love with using natural elements...yummy to smell, too! Thanks for linkin' it up to the party; I really appreciate it! -shaunna :)

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